With the holidays right around the corner, you may find yourself in need of some extra sleeping space. Family and friends will be coming in and out of your home, and providing a bed for everyone can be easier said than done when space is at a premium. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a spare bed that easily folded away when you weren’t using it?

Believe it or not—beds like this do exist, and they’re actually not impossible to make yourself. You can build a DIY fold-away bed thanks to tutorials available online. So, if you’re in the mood for a project that will come in handy long after holidays have passed, get ready to start building! Consider this the gift that keeps on giving.

Depending on which tutorial you choose, you could make a bed that folds away and can be easily stored away under another bed or in a closet, or you can create a bed that folds into a bench for extra seating. Either design is very practical.

Now, we’re not master carpenters here, but these tutorials seem pretty easy to understand, especially since there are step-by-step instructions and videos available online.

Some designs are more intricate than others, so be sure to choose a tutorial that you think you’ll be able to accomplish based on your skill level. These beds don’t have to be fancy to serve their purpose, and your guests will be very impressed to find out you built their sleeping quarters with your own two hands.

Fold-Away Bed-In-A-Box

Here’s an example of the fold-away-and-store bed option. As you can see, this folds up to be very small and easy to stash in any space you have available.

Now that you’ve seen it in action, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to create this for yourself on the Instructables website.

Instructables

Fold-Away Bed-In-A-Chest

Then, there’s the slightly more complicated, fancier option of creating a bed that folds into a Medieval-inspired chest that’s perfect for sitting on when it’s not in use.

This is a gorgeous piece of furniture, but does seem to require a higher level of carpentry skills. Up for the challenge? You can find a full tutorial on the 3D Woodworking Plans website.

3D Woodworking Plans

Multi-Purpose Furniture

If you’re into the idea of having multi-functional pieces in your home, there are all kinds of DIY projects out there for you! One really cool design is this couch that can also function as a desk.

There’s a whole world out there, just waiting to be DIY’d, and the bed-in-a-box idea seems like a great place to start!

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.


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